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Hill Street Blues

60 min (146 episodes)
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Won 3 Golden Globes. Another 55 wins & 108 nominations
Country: USA
Release Date: 1981-01-15
Filming Locations: Big Bear Lake, Big Bear Valley, San Bernardino National Forest, California, USA
Dan Hedaya
Dan Hedaya
Hill Street Blues
Martin Ferrero
Martin Ferrero
Hill Street Blues
Robert Hirschfeld
Robert Hirschfeld
Hill Street Blues
Alley Mills
Alley Mills
Hill Street Blues
Daniel J. Travanti
Capt. Frank Furillo
Michael Warren
Officer Bobby Hill
Bruce Weitz
Sgt. Mick Belker
James Sikking
Lt. Howard Hunter
Joe Spano
Det. Henry Goldblume
Taurean Blacque
Det. Neal Washington
Kiel Martin
Officer J.D. LaRue
Betty Thomas
Sgt. Lucy Bates
Charles Haid
Officer Andrew Renko
Veronica Hamel
Joyce Davenport
René Enríquez
Lt. Ray Calletano
Ed Marinaro
Officer Joe Coffey
Barbara Bosson
Fay Furillo
Michael Conrad
Sgt. Phil Esterhaus
Jon Cypher
Chief Fletcher Daniels
Did you know?
Though it was never officially established in which city the show took place, it was long thought to have been Chicago. In fact, at least one location shot included an elevated train with the letters "CTA" on the front. "CTA" stands for "Chicago Transit Authority".
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Gregory Hoblit says he was 'struck dumb' by the power of the award-winning documentary The Police Tapes (1977). A few major elements of the documentary were later included in 'Hill Street Blues'.
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Voted #14 on TV Guide's 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time.
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When the various characters speak into the radio microphone in their patrol cars, they seldom press the "transmit" switch, and Andy Renko is occasionally seen speaking into the back of the microphone.
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During the opening credits when the police cars pull out of the garage, one of them has the overhead light bar on backwards. You can see that the others have the siren speakers between the lights facing front, while one has it facing to the trunk.
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Belker: Grrrrrrrrrrrrr!
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Sergeant Stan Jablonski: Let's do it to them before they do it to us.
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Belker: Sit, hairball!
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In which city did the show take place?
Since the show took place in a seedy, crime-laden city, the producers did not want to unfairly depict a US city. So they went to great lengths to avoid specifying where the show took place. There were many clues, though, that the series took place in the Midwest or Northeast.Some clues include:In the episode "Fuched Again", several officers take a plane trip to Las Vegas. When they run into Leo's Schnitz's estranged wife, she refers to them as "friend from back East." This would eliminate states such as Nevada and California.In the episode "Gung Ho", a woman mentions committing crimes in Santa Fe, New Mexico, York, Pennsylvania and Newark, New Jersey. If the show was set in one of those states, she probably would not have used both the city and state name when mentioning the locations, thus ruling out New Mexico, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.In the episode, "Hacked to Pieces", Mayor Cleveland's son, Lee, is desperate to get help for his addictions and wants to be sent to a special clinic in Rockford. Rockford, Illinois is located about 75 miles west of Chicago.In the episode "Blood Money", a friend of Phil Esterhaus mentions that he has a cabin at Lake Lackawanna. Hill, Renko and Coffey overhear them talking and invite themselves to spend the weekend fishing there. Lake Lackawanna is part of a state park in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Thus it would make sense that the setting for the show was within driving distance of Pennsylvania.
How many different characters did the morning roll call?
Five. Phil Esterhaus was the original role call sergeant. Henry Goldblume temporarily filled in while Esterhaus was sick. After Esterhaus passed away, Lucy Bates took it over for half of a season. The following season, Stan Jablonski was brought in from another precinct to perform the role call. After he had a heart attack and resigned, Howard Hunter, after being suspended from field duty, took over role call. In the episode "Hill Street Blues: Blues in the Night (#6.1)," it is learned that there is a nighttime role call as well. Sergeant Jenkins is the nighttime role call sergeant.
Ed Marinaro (possible spoiler)
When Officer Joe Coffey was shot and killed, was it because of a contractual dispute? Did he want to leave the show to pursue other interests? Just curious why one of the more popular characters died. (Of course, it could also be that the producers wanted to "hit home" with killing off a popular police officer).
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Photos from cast
Dan Hedaya John Putch Phyllis Applegate Talia Balsam William Bronder Merritt Butrick Karen Carlson Julius Carry
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